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Columbia Gorge Community College will host Oregon poet Clemens Starck at their Hood River/Indian Creek campus Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., for a free reading event.

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will pursue an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with The Dalles and Wasco County for $3.5 million in enterprise zone funds and proceed with a $7.6 million full faith and credit bond for construction of a skill center and housing project at The Dalles campus following a unanimous vote by the Board of Education at its January board meeting.

It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.

Fall registration at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) began July 9 for returning students and July 11 for new students. Classes start Monday, Sept. 24, and the college encourages prospective students to register as early as possible.

The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of directors and president Dr. Frank Toda signed a “mutually acceptable separation agreement” effective Sept. 29 in a special board session Tuesday evening at The Dalles campus.

To the editor: When I read the recent letter from Carolyn Wood, I heard appreciation for the service of CGCC board members two or more decades ago. But I heard nothing about what they have done lately. Longevity is not reason to extend longevity.

To the editor: In response to Mr. Schell’s remarks (May 16 Chronicle letter “Vote new, energetic”), I wholeheartedly support his right to campaign for the candidates of his choice. But to castigate the entire slate of incumbent board members is not only in bad taste, but ill mannered and totally inaccurate based on the facts.